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mighty sea of which I have heard?” His friend replied, “Yes, this is all. But get upon it, trust your barque to it, and you will find it will take you round the world.” So with love. It looks very small, but trust yourself to it; launch your craft on its heaving bosom, and you will find that it will take you through the world and land you on the blissful shore of eternity.

In the third place, John warned the elect lady against false teachers. The Roman Catholics have seized upon this passage as authority for all their anathemas, excommunications, and inquisitions, Regarding the “lady" as the church, they cared for no stronger foundation on which to construct racks, gibbets, and tortures. The false teachers that John alluded to were those referred to by our Saviour when He said: “Beware of false prophets who come among you in sheep's clothing, while inwardly they are ravening wolves.” He referred to those who de. nied that Jesus Christ had come into the world. If justice were done, those who erect the instruments of torture, Haman-like, would be made to expire on them, for John says that he who orders these cruelties “is a deceiver and an antichrist." And we all know who Antichrist is. There is every reason why false teachers should be guarded against now as then. Men, under the garb of religious teachers, are constantly coming into communities, teaching infidelity, spiritualism, Mormonism, “ Christian science," and the like, who should receive no countenance or support from the people of God. Our houses should not be

open to such. While those who entertain strangers sometimes entertain angels unawares, it occasionally happens that the reverse takes place—they entertain demons. Churches cannot be too careful as to the character of the ministers they permit to enter the fold. Many time-servers are in the ministry, choosing the livery of Heaven to do the work of the devil in; and as Satan was thrust out of Heaven, they should be banished from the church and the home.

Protestant parents should take warning from John's advice to the elect lady, against the pernicious custom of sending their children to Roman Catholic schools. The more renowned the schools, the more kind and winning the teachers, the more surely does superstition find its way into youthful hearts. A motto of Romanism is, “Give us your children until they are eighteen years


and we care not who takes them afterward.” It is the rarest thing that a girl emerges from a Catholic convent who is not an assured convert or deeply in love with the principles and practices of Romanism. While I would not depreciate anything that is really meritorious in these institutions, the idea that they are the only places where thorough training can be secured, or where wayward girls can be “tamed,” is a delusion and a snare. Protestant schools are just as thorough in instruction, quite as efficient in discipline, and, in a spiritual point of view, infinitely superior to these cloistered retreats. We should guard against dishonest teachers, men whose sole aim is to live from the "things of the altar," and to use the ministry as a stepping-stone to worldly success.

Ministers should be men, as Cowper says, whose doctrine and whose life show them to be honest in the sacred cause. There is no object more to be despised than a religious libertine, who stains every church that he serves with his foul footsteps' pollution, and having injured those whom he should have ennobled and refined, leaves, dishonored and disgraced, for“ new pastures green” in some far-distant field. May Heaven deliver us from those "ungracious pastors, who, while teaching others the rough and thorny road to heaven, themselves the primrose path of dalliance tread."

In concluding, John expresses his desire to come to her and speak face to face, that their joy might be full. Nothing could be more full of tenderness than this expression. We must consider John in his old age, perhaps alone on Patmos; while writing to his dear friend at Ephesus, his heart kindles as he thinks of his old home and the friends there. He drops his pen and is lost in silent revery. The familiar houses, gardens, woods, all rise before him. He sees familiar forms moving about the streets, and he hears merry voices that cheered him in the long ago before his banishment to "the lone barren isle," and he hopes before he closes his eyes in death to return thither. So, grasping the pen, he writes: “I trust to come unto you and speak face to face, that our joy might be full.” And is not this longing to get back

. to our childhood's home before we die common to us all ? Into distant sections we have strayed, formed new associations, and achieved our successes; but, though old and gray-haired, we long to see the familiar cottage which, in fancy, still stands sheltered by familiar trees. Said Goldsmith of his native village:

“In all my wanderings round this world of care,
In all my griefs, and God has given my share,-
I still had hopes, my latest hours to crown,
Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down;
To husband out life's taper at the close,
And keep the flame from wasting by repose;
I still had hopes—for pride attends us still-
Amidst the swains to show my book-learned skill;
Around my fire an evening group to draw,
And tell of all I felt and all I saw,
And, as a hare when hounds and horns pursue,
Pants to the place from whence at first she flew,
I still had hopes, my long vexations past,
Here to return-and die at home at last."

But John, like Goldsmith and thousands of others who have cherished this sentiment, never saw, so far as we are advised, his dear home any more; but he has long since greeted the “elect lady" in that house “not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." There they see face to face and their joy is full.

With this lecture, I close my series on the “ Famous Women of the Bible.” In bidding adieu to the saintly characters I have attempted to describe, I have a feeling of sadness like that which steals over one who is parting with dear friends, in whose society he has been delighted and ennobled. A study of their lives has increased my admiration for them and the Book in which they shine as bright illustrations of all that is noble in woman. Each one “looks like a queen book" to me this night. My humble contribution to

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the literature of the subject I leave for the instruction and entertainment of those who now live or shall come after me, rejoicing in the thought that when my summons shall come to join these good women, who by many centuries have preceded me to the spirit world, I shall by this labor be better prepared to enjoy their personal acquaintance.

As to certain characters I have sketched and over whom I would at this moment throw the veil of charity-Delilah, the destroyer; the Witch of Endor, the sorceress; Jezebel, the murderess; Mariamne, the woman of the world; Herodias, the revengeful pagan; and Sapphira, the false witness—they, in all probabil. ity, will not be there; but if in their expiring moments they lifted their hearts to God and implored forgiveness, they, too, may be among the saved.

But oh! who can tell the rapture that shall thrill my soul, as in a fairer paradise than that on the banks of the Euphrates, I gaze upon the glorified form of Eve, the first woman that ever cast her smile over the cheerless path of man; of Sarah, “the mother of the faithful,” the central jewel in Abraham's glorified bosom; of Rebekah, crowned with celestial beauty; of Rachel, no longer weeping over her children, but rejoicing in their eternal salvation; of Miriam, striking an angelic timbrel; of Ruth, her arms full of golden sheaves; of Deborah, standing under the celestial palm-tree; of Jephthah's daughter, enshrined in glory; of Hannah, bowing before the eternal throne; of Abigail, in queenly robes; of the Queen of Sheba, with her golden crown; of the woman of Shunem extend

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